Colonial Names for Boys

Many of the baby names that were widely used during colonial times have fallen out of favor for long enough now to sound fresh and even cool again. If you like historic baby names but want to move beyond the Victorian and biblical choices we've heard so much of in recent years, consider these names culled from Revolutionary War rolls and eighteenth-century town histories. The only caveat: The choices are much wider and more appealing for boys than for girls.
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  • Eliab

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    Prince of the tribe of Zebulon in the Exodus, everyone will misunderstand this as Elias, with a stuffed nose.Read More 

  • Eliakim

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    Unwieldy name, borne by several biblical characters. Read More 

  • Elias

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    Elias, strong and charismatic, is following in the path of family members Elijah and Eli, and is also moving on up in popularity, now a solid Number 100.

    Used by the English Puritans in... Read More 

  • Elihu

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    Rarely used in the last two centuries, but might be worth dusting off and holding up to the light. Read More 

  • Elijah

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    Elijah -- the name of the Old Testament prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire -- has become a fashionable biblical choice. More than 13,000 parents chose Elijah last year, bringing it... Read More 

  • Eliphalet

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    A bit too elephantine for a modern child.Read More 

  • Elisha

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    Creative name whose only limitation is that it looks like it would be pronounced akin to such girls' names as Alicia and Elissa—and in fact rising actor Elisha Cuthbert is a woman. As a boys'... Read More 

  • Emanuel

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    Fewer letters does not always mean easier—the traditional spelling is the one most people will recognize.Read More 

  • Emory

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    Less popular than Emery, this name also attributes to Emory University. Both spellings of the name lean more heavily to the girls' side, but this one is not quite as unbalanced, ranking Number 829... Read More 

  • Enoch

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    A major figure in the Old Testament, Enoch was the son of Jared, the father of Methuselah, and the great-grandfather of Noah whose Book of Enoch provides a focal point for ancient Jewish... Read More 

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